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migrating from hdd to ssd, need help

Here are the specs:
Old HDD 160GB with Win 7 64

New SSD 240GB (OCZ bare drive - no software)

I've been looking through this forum and googling all day... I have more questions than when I started PLEASE HELP!

What I want to do is migrate OS (Win 7) and the "secret/hidden" partition(s) to the new SSD to make it my boot drive, without re-installing windows. I do not have the disk(s) as the computer was purchased as a refurb.
I also want to be able to use the entirety of the new drive, not just 160GB and have the new ssd drive be aligned properly.

I'd rather use free software to do this but if I have to I'll buy it.
I'd also like to be able to do this in as few steps as possible because if this is possible I will be walking someone even less computer savvy than myself (yes, they exist) through this on Christmas ;)

P.S. What happened to the days when you could just type "copy c:\*.* d:" (I know there was a '/' switch in there to copy the hidden files - command.com, io.sys and something else but my memory is failing me right now)

Thanks for any help, pointers you can give!
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  1. OCZ uses Acronis True Image for their recommended data migrater. You can download it here: http://ocz.com/consumer/download/acronis-true-image-hd-software
  2. Best answer
    A lot of the ssd drive have free cloning software to migrat your system over now be sure to set it up properly in the bios as well.
  3. JohnPMyers said:
    OCZ uses Acronis True Image for their recommended data migrater. You can download it here: http://ocz.com/consumer/download/acronis-true-image-hd-software


    Good call except, that program requires an activation key and I can't find anywhere on that site to get one unless it comes with the product (drive), which it does not in my case (bare drive).

    Thanks all the same

    EDIT:
    Just checked the acronis site. WOW! 50$ U.S for that? For that price (drive + true image) I could buy a better, brand new Corsair drive that comes with the tool to do this. But they have a free trial I'm looking into right now. Thanks for the point in the right direction!!!
  4. Could you be more specific about setting the drive up in the bios? I have a DELL and there didn't seem to be much in the bios about settings for the HD
  5. Ah i see. Well then try this: http://www.disk-partition.com/

    It's free as long as you don't need the Pro edition, which you shouldn't for a simple migration. :)

    Edit: To set the drive up in BIOS, all you have to do is make sure to change the SSD to the boot drive after you've cloned it.
  6. I use the free version of Macrium Reflect to clone drives frequently. It is very easy to use and will automatically clone the hidden boot partition to the new SSD.
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx
  7. JohnPMyers said:
    OCZ uses Acronis True Image for their recommended data migrater. You can download it here: http://ocz.com/consumer/download/acronis-true-image-hd-software


    Would another way to be sure the new drive is setup properly in bios be to just switch places (physically and the sata port) with the current boot drive?
  8. johnyb105 -

    Hmmm, I'm not sure that was the link you wanted to send. It's for a rosewill PSU. Thanks anyway!
  9. In reply to johnnyb105's last post


    O.k First I have to say I LOVE your avatar and thanks for the support.

    Second... that thread was one of the ones I read but it doesn't help me as I cannot re-install windows do to the fact that I don't have the disk(s).

    Appreciate your enthusiasm!!!
  10. Sorry about that was helping another op here you go.

    http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2008/09/05/5-free-apps-to-clone-your-hard-drive/

    You can just install the drive it will work but for best results you want to change a few settings ok.
  11. You don't have to reinstall windows all you need to do is clone the drive use the link I provided I have 3 SSD drives myself.
  12. avjguy2362 said:
    I use the free version of Macrium Reflect to clone drives frequently. It is very easy to use and will automatically clone the hidden boot partition to the new SSD.
    http://www.macrium.com/reflectfree.aspx


    Thanks for the link, I'm liking what I see there. Kinda' hard to decide which prog would be better for me ( serious newb to this). AOMEI Backupper and Macrium Reflect both seem pretty straight forward and easy. Wish there were walk-throughs for them so I could see if there are steps I don't understand before I start.
    EDIT:
    D'OH!! There are walk-throughs! Backuppers is really detailed. Macrium's not to much, seems like it is for more experienced users than my extreme newbie self.
  13. Also youtube about anything and you can watch it and the walk thrus as well.
  14. johnnyb105 said:
    Also youtube about anything and you can watch it and the walk thrus as well.


    Thanks johnyb105 for all the help. I'll give the youtube thing a shot and see if that clears things up for me a bit.
  15. Thank you please choose the best answer provided and if you need more help we are always here to folks with ? and probs and good luck to you and your system.
  16. Thank you please choose the best answer provided and if you need more help we are always here to folks with ? and probs and good luck to you and your system.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMo8krAJd5Q

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nb3BYlWtYc
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